Core Learning Path | World Obesity Federation

Core Learning Path

SCOPE's Core Learning Path contains the essential information on obesity management.

World Obesity Federation - SCOPE

The Core Learning path is an evidence-based eight-module course that provides healthcare professionals the skills and knowledge to manage patients with obesity. It covers all the essentials of obesity management, including the causes of obesity, complications, how to raise the issue of obesity with patients, how to take a history and conduct an examination, how to achieve weight loss and how to address obesity in children and adolescents.

Users wishing to become SCOPE Certified are required to take this essential course, which can be purchased via the SCOPE E-Learning platform.

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Register for SCOPE E-Learning to begin the Core Learning Path, and discover dozens of free modules and resources. One quick form, no commitment required.


SCOPE Certification

Completion of the Core Learning Path is a requirement of SCOPE Certification.
For more information on how to become SCOPE Certified,
please refer to our SCOPE Certification Guide.

Professional Development

The Core Learning Path is accredited by the EACCME® and the CPD Certification Service. Learners who pass the course will earn 4 CME credits, 4 CPD credits and 4 SCOPE points.

CME credits awarded by the EACCME® can be converted to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.


The Core Learning Path is available to purchase at a standard rate of £80 on the SCOPE E-Learning platform.

We offer discounted access to the following groups:

  • Users in low-and-middle income countries
  • World Obesity members
  • Users who previously certified and wish to renew their certification
Learn more about our discounts


The Core Learning Path contains the following modules,
all authored by leading obesity experts:

Obesity and the
Regulation of
Body Weight

In this module, Dr Sumithran gives an overview of body weight regulation and outlines compensatory physiological changes which accompany weight loss, many of which appear to encourage weight regain.

Causes of Obesity

This module by Prof Proietto discusses the causes of obesity and the factors that can influence body weight, citing powerful evidence of obesity’s genetic basis and the relative importance of other causes.

Complications of Obesity

Dr Kushner reviews the comorbidities associated with obesity, taking an organ-based approach. It describes the identification process, including history taking, physical examination, and laboratory and diagnostic evaluation.

Starting the
Patient Dialogue

In this video module, Dr Sharma demonstrates how to lead patients with obesity to healthy outcomes and how to raise the issue of obesity sensitively, using a clinical scenario to show correct and incorrect approaches.

Management of
Obesity in Adults

Prof Proietto provides a detailed description of management of obesity in adults,  including how to stage the patient to assess risk of mortality, how to calculate energy expenditure, and long term weight loss strategies.

History Taking
and Examination

This module by Prof Proietto discusses the important questions to ask a patient presenting for weight loss and details the key features to observe when conducting the physical examination.

Obesity and Pharmacotherapy

In this module, Dr Ryan discusses the principles of prescribing medications as adjuncts to lifestyle intervention to achieve and sustain weight loss. It covers five key medications, discussing their efficacy, safety and tolerability profiles.

Management of
Obesity in Children
and Adolescents

This module by Prof Baur covers child obesity assessment, the risks and complications of obesity in children, parental involvement, pharmacotherapy and severe obesity, presenting evidence for the different elements of lifestyle interventions.

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Childhood Obesity: From Diagnosis to Treatment

This six-module learning path was developed in partnership with the European Childhood Obesity Group (ECOG) and provides more detailed information on child and adolescent obesity, from diagnosis to treatment.


Ready to get started?

Register for SCOPE E-Learning to begin the Core Learning Path, and discover
dozens of free modules and resources. One quick form, no commitment required.